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Family Day Waste Collection Informationhttp://www.simcoe.ca/SolidWasteManagement/Pages/Family-Day-Waste-Collection-Information.aspx2/1/2017 3:31:01 PMFamily Day Waste Collection Information<p>​There will be <strong>NO CHANGE</strong> to your garbage, organics, and recycling collection day. Have materials at the curb by 7 a.m. on your regular day to ensure collection.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>WASTE MANAGEMENT FACILITIES HOURS</strong><br>All County waste management facilities will be <strong>CLOSED Monday, February 20th.</strong></p>
County and Warden recognized for economic development effortshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/edco-2017-02-10.aspx2/10/2017 8:03:12 PMCounty and Warden recognized for economic development efforts<p>​<strong>Midhurst/February 10, 2017</strong> – The Economic Developers Council of Ontario recognized the County of Simcoe's Economic Development Office, Warden Gerry Marshall and staff during its annual President's Dinner and Awards of Excellence Ceremony held Thursday, February 9, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario. </p><p>The County and area partners received a Collaboration and Partnership Award (Public – Private Partnership) for co-ordinating the Simcoe Muskoka Skilled Trades Expo in June 2016. The Expo, which also received a 2016 Marketing Canada Award from the Economic Developers Association of Canada, helped showcase skilled trades in Simcoe County and introduced approximately 1,600 Grade 7 and 8 students to more than 30 skilled trades.</p><p>Warden Gerry Marshall received the Community Leader Influencer of the Year Award for his continued advocacy and leadership efforts to attract, grow and support economic development, job creation and entrepreneurship in Simcoe County. Since being elected as Warden in 2014, Warden Marshall has worked with his Council to make a stronger commitment to economic development—adding staff resources, increasing funding, building relationships with area businesses and advocating on behalf of Simcoe County with other levels of government. </p><p>County of Simcoe Economic Development Officer Becky Breedon also received the Young Professional Influencer of the Year Award for her contributions to the County's many successful projects and initiatives. </p><p>"This is a true testament to all the hard work, achievements and exciting momentum going on in Simcoe County," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We are working with our area partners from all sectors to generate investment and ultimately create jobs and sustainable labour opportunities. I thank EDCO for recognizing all our hard work, our Economic Development Committee and all of County Council for their ongoing commitment and staff for executing our vision." </p><p>With support and investment from County Council, County of Simcoe's Economic Development Office is taking a more active role in growing, supporting and attracting business to the region at a County-wide level. Key initiatives and accomplishments in 2015-2016 include:</p><ul><li>Launch of Simcoe County's first online land inventory system to help businesses find properties, expand or relocate to Simcoe County</li><li>Support of various labour related activities including the creation of JobCentral Simcoe Muskoka and the first online job fair for the County</li><li>Supported the training for approximately 800 existing or aspiring food entrepreneurs through various workshops including the province-wide Food Entrepreneurs: Building Ontario Innovation One Product at a Time conference</li><li>Development and launch of a new economic development grant program which will provide support to member municipalities</li><li>Continue to establish closer partnerships with municipalities, local Chambers of Commerce and area businesses</li></ul><p>Visit <a href="http://edo.simcoe.ca/">edo.simcoe.ca</a> to learn more.   </p><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;font-weight:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p></span>
Family Day Fun at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/family-day-fun-at-the-scm-17-2-17.aspx2/7/2017 3:07:19 PMFamily Day Fun at the Simcoe County Museum<p><strong>Minesing/February 7, 2017 </strong>– As Canadians we suffer through long winter seasons, spending days shoveling, scraping, and trudging through the snow. This Family Day we encourage you to embrace winter and join us at the Simcoe County Museum for some good old fashioned Canadian fun. </p><p>Put on your woollies and pack your favourite toboggan for a day filled with sledding, snowshoeing, and so much more. Are you competitive? Then test yourself with our many challenges including farthest distance, most unique, and oldest toboggan. Looking for a more laid back day? You can still participate in all of the activities at your own pace and also have the opportunity to explore the Museum's indoor galleries. </p><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are free; Adults $6; Student and Seniors $5; and Children $4. All outdoor activities are dependent on ground conditions. </p><p>For more information on this event contact the Simcoe County Museum at (705) 728-3721 or visit <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Family Day</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Monday, February 20, 2017<br>10 a.m. - 4 p.m.</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Meredith Patterson<br>Events, Programmer, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721<br><a href="mailto:meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca">meredith.patterson@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Forrest Patenaude<br>Education Director, Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 ext. 1320<br><a href="mailto:forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca">forrest.patenaude@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Snowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museumhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/Snowshoeing-2017-02-03.aspx2/3/2017 3:36:49 PMSnowshoeing by Lamplight at the Simcoe County Museum<p>​<strong> </strong><strong>Minesing/February 3, 2017</strong> – The Simcoe County Museum is pleased to welcome back its popular Snowshoeing by Lamplight program every Tuesday evening throughout February. Strap on snowshoes and travel beautiful trails lit by lamplight, view heritage buildings, take in the tranquil setting of the Simcoe County Forest, and warm up with a cup of hot chocolate and a cookie! No registration is required and snowshoe rentals are FREE. <em>Weather and grounds conditions permitting.</em></p><p>Regular Museum rates apply: Museum Members and Preschoolers are admitted free; Adults $6;</p><p>Students and Seniors $5; and Children $4.</p><p>The Simcoe County Museum is located at 1151 Highway 26, just minutes north of Barrie.</p><p>For more information, visit the Museum's website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca </strong>or call 705-728-3721.</p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>EVENT:</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:50%;"><strong>Snowshoeing by Lamplight </strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26 <br>Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:19%;"><strong>When</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Tuesday, February 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2017<br>7 p.m.–9 p.m.<br><em>Weather and conditions permitting</em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>Take the Infinite Journey with the Simcoe County Museum, a cultural exploration of our historical past and exciting future. The Simcoe County Museum is owned and operated by the County of Simcoe and offers year round exhibits, events and educational programs for visitors of every age. Visit our website at <strong>museum.simcoe.ca</strong> for further details.</p><p style="text-align:center;">-30-</p><p style="text-align:left;">Shaughna Crew, Events Programmer<br>Simcoe County Museum<br>705-728-3721 <br>shaughna.crew@simcoe.ca</p>
Notice of Meetings for Committee of the Whole and Council for the Month of February, 2017http://www.simcoe.ca/Clerks/Pages/Notice-of-Meetings-for-Committee-of-the-Whole-and-Council-for-the-Month-of-February-,-2017.aspx1/30/2017 2:52:00 PMNotice of Meetings for Committee of the Whole and Council for the Month of February, 2017<p><strong>TAKE NOTICE</strong> that the Corporation of the County of Simcoe will hold the following regular meetings of Committee of the Whole and Council during the month of February, 2017: </p><p>Thursday, February 9, Simcoe County Museum</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council (Special) 9:00 a.m. for Waste Management Strategy</li></ul><p>Tuesday, February 14</p><ul style="list-style-type:disc;"><li>Council 9:00 a.m.</li><li>Committee of the Whole 9:30 a.m.</li></ul><p>Unless otherwise specified, the meetings will be held in the County of Simcoe Council Chambers, County of Simcoe Administration Centre, 1110 Highway 26, Midhurst, Ontario.<br> <br>The agendas for these meetings may be viewed approximately seven days prior by clicking on the following link: <br> <br><a href="/_layouts/15/FIXUPREDIRECT.ASPX?WebId=a41fbfa1-82ca-4939-9932-d97b8d6ad3e9&TermSetId=fb933945-005d-43ad-bb62-b84ef1fa9284&TermId=667d19f3-1f2f-431c-9980-c9d053e3ad07">http://www.simcoe.ca/dpt/clk/amr</a><br>  <br> Any person may attend the meetings.</p><p>Meeting dates and times are subject to change.</p><p>DATED at the County of Simcoe this 27th day of January, 2017.</p><p>John Daly<br> County Clerk<br> County of Simcoe<br> 1110 Highway 26<br> Midhurst, Ontario  L9X 1N6</p><p>​</p>
Innovations Forum to introduce new affordable housing optionshttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/innovations-forum-2017-01-26.aspx1/26/2017 2:17:08 PMInnovations Forum to introduce new affordable housing options<p>​<strong>Midhurst/January 26, 2017</strong> – Stakeholders from across the social housing system will gather to learn about innovative new approaches to tackling affordable housing shortages in Simcoe County. The County of Simcoe is pleased to host the Affordable Housing Innovations Forum on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Simcoe County Museum. </p><p>Local developers, County Councillors, municipal planners, housing and homelessness prevention advocates will be in attendance to hear presentations about housing structure and design options, funding alternatives, planning strategies, and service delivery innovations. Registration is required free of charge through County of Simcoe Customer Service at: 705-735-6901 or 1-800-263-3199.</p><p>"We have ambitious targets of creating 2,685 new affordable housing units in Simcoe County by 2024," said Warden Gerry Marshall. "We're already making a dent with more than 400 new units created since 2014, but the only way we can attain our goals is through greater partnerships, creative solutions and out of the box strategies." </p><p>The forum is being hosted with support from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.</p><p><strong>EVENT:</strong></p><table width="100%" class="ms-rteTable-0" cellspacing="0"><tbody><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><p><strong>What</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0" style="width:25%;"><strong><br>Affordable Housing Innovations Forum</strong></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableOddRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><strong><br>Where</strong></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Simcoe County Museum<br>1151 Highway 26, Minesing, Ontario </p></td></tr><tr class="ms-rteTableEvenRow-0"><td class="ms-rteTableEvenCol-0" style="width:7%;"><p><strong>When</strong></p><p><strong><br>Registration</strong></p></td><td class="ms-rteTableOddCol-0"><p>Wednesday, February 1, 2017<br>9 a.m. to 4 p.m. </p><p>Registration is required and free of charge. Contact County of Simcoe Customer Service at: 705-735-6901 or 1-800-263-3199</p><p><em>*Media planning to attend are asked to notify Corporate Communications in advance. </em></p></td></tr></tbody></table><p>County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>.</p><p style="text-align:center;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;font-family:"droid sans", sans-serif;font-size:16px;font-style:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:2;background-color:#ffffff;">-30-</p><p style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><strong style="line-height:27.37px;">Contacts:</strong><strong><br></strong></p><span style="font:16px/32.85px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;orphans:2;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;"><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Allan Greenwood<br>Director, Corporate Communications<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile)<span class="Apple-converted-space"><span class="Apple-converted-space"> </span></span><br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</a></p><p style="font:16px/27.37px "droid sans", sans-serif;text-align:left;color:#444444;text-transform:none;text-indent:0px;letter-spacing:normal;word-spacing:0px;white-space:normal;widows:1;font-size-adjust:none;font-stretch:normal;background-color:#ffffff;">Collin Matanowitsch<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1430<br>705-734-8386 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca" style="color:#00539b;text-decoration:underline;">Collin.Matanowitsch@simcoe.ca</a><br></p></span>
Emergency Management Simcoe County recognizes student winnerhttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/emsc-recognizes-student-winner-16-1-24.aspx1/24/2017 3:21:17 PMEmergency Management Simcoe County recognizes student winner<p><strong>Midhurst/ January 24, 2017 </strong>– On January 27, Emergency Management Simcoe County (EMSC) staff will present an emergency preparedness kit to Mihail Mavrakakis, a grade 5 student at Sir William Osler Public School in Bradford, Ontario. Mihail entered a draw to win the kit after his class participated in the County of Simcoe's Student Emergency Preparedness (STEP) program. </p><p>Emergency Management Simcoe County staff, in partnership with local emergency services, delivered the STEP program to more than 1,400 students across Simcoe County in 2016. Students learned about the various types of emergencies that can occur in Simcoe County, how to create a family emergency plan, and what to include in a 72-hour emergency preparedness kit.</p><p>Representatives from EMSC and the Town of Bradford West Gwillimbury will present the prize to Mihail during a school assembly at Sir William Osler Public School on January 26, 2017 at 2:55 p.m.  Media planning to attend should contact the school prior to the event at 905-775-2922. </p><p><strong>EVENT: <strong>Presentation of Emergency Kit</strong></strong></p><p><strong>Where:<br></strong>Sir William Osler Public School<br>3823 Highway 88, Bradford, Ontario </p><p><strong>When:<br></strong>January 26, 2017<br>2:55 p.m.</p><p>To learn more about the STEP program and how to be prepared for an emergency, visit <strong>simcoe.ca.</strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <strong>simcoe.ca</strong>. </p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</font></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile)<br><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a></p>
Warden Gerry Marshall elected Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucushttp://www.simcoe.ca/CorporateCommunications/Pages/warden-elected-chair-of-wowc-16-1-23.aspx1/23/2017 4:47:03 PMWarden Gerry Marshall elected Chair of Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus<p><strong>Midhurst, January 23, 2017 – </strong>County of Simcoe Warden Gerry Marshall has been elected as the Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus (WOWC) Chair during the organization's Annual General meeting in Guelph, Ontario on January 20, 2017. </p><p>"I am honoured to have been elected to the position of Chair by my peers from across Southwestern Ontario and I look forward to helping drive our collective goals forward," said Warden Marshall.  "One of our main items for WOWC over the next two years will be strengthening our role in economic development. Accomplishing this will take co-operation among all levels of government as we continue to seek funding and partnership opportunities to grow the success of Southwestern Ontario."</p><p>Prior to his election, Warden Marshall served as Vice Chair of the WOWC, and Chair of the Southwestern Integrated Fibre Technology (SWIFT) committee. Throughout 2015, Warden Marshall worked closely with members of the WOWC to garner support for SWIFT from the private sector and other levels of government which culminated in a $180 million funding commitment from the federal and provincial governments in July 2016.</p><p>Also appointed at the annual general meeting were: Mayor Randy Hope, Mayor of Chatham-Kent to the office of Vice Chair; Kelley Coulter, CAO of Bruce County as Treasurer; and Mark Aitken, CAO of Simcoe County as Secretary. </p><p>The Western Ontario Wardens' Caucus is a not-for-profit organization representing 15 upper and single tier municipalities in Southwestern Ontario with more than three million residents. Its purpose is to enhance the prosperity and overall wellbeing of rural and small urban communities across the region. For more information, visit<strong> </strong><a href="http://www.wowc.ca/"><strong>wowc.ca</strong></a><strong>.</strong><strong>  </strong></p><p>The County of Simcoe is composed of sixteen member municipalities and provides crucial public services to County residents, in addition to providing paramedic and social services to the separated cities of Barrie and Orillia. Visit our website at <a href="http://simcoe.ca/"><strong>simcoe.ca</strong></a>.</p><p style="text-align:center;"><strong>- 30 -</strong></p><p><strong>Contacts:</strong></p><p>Allan Greenwood<br> Director, Corporate Communications <br>705-726-9300 ext. 1230<br>705-794-9301 (mobile) <br><a href="mailto:Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca"><font color="#0066cc">Allan.Greenwood@simcoe.ca</font></a></p><p style="text-align:left;">Jennifer Straw<br>Communications Co-ordinator<br>705-726-9300 ext. 1036<br>705-790-5979 (mobile) <br><font color="#0066cc"><a href="mailto:Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca">Jennifer.Straw@simcoe.ca</a> </font></p>